‘Children in Need’ TV role for Derby building boss

Derby construction company boss Ian Hodgkinson has played a key role in the most challenging project ever undertaken by the team working on the popular BBC television makeover series ‘DIY SOS’ – the major refurbishment of a crumbling children’s centre in Liverpool.
The programme will be screened on Thursday (November 10) as part of the nationwide campaign to support deserving causes on ‘Children in Need’ day.
Ian, the award-winning managing director of Pride Park-based Hodgkinson Builders, spent three days working with Nick Knowles and the ‘DIY SOS’ team on the Norris Green Youth Centre in Liverpool.
As well as having a hands-on role in the makeover, Ian also sourced the tradesmen to help the regular ‘DIY SOS’ team with a major refurbishment of the building.  A BBC spokesman described the project as ‘the biggest ever build tackled by the team.”
Cash from Children in Need already supports the Norris Green project which provides activities for youngsters who, said the BBC spokesman, ‘have few other options’. 
“The building was in urgent need of a well-deserved makeover because without it, the children would have nowhere to go,” said Ian (second left) pictured on site with DIY team plasterer Chris Frediani, team leader Nick Knowles and designer Lucy Roper.
Ian, is no stranger to the world of TV makeover programmes. In the past few years, he has featured in Conversion, Sixty Minute Makeover, Celebrity DIY, Homes Under the Hammer, Home Front in the Garden, Moving On and the Discovery Channel.